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 You can change multiple properties of selected Questions items on the Batch Edit page.

Access the Batch Edit page

  1. Select the Manage → Project Bank menu.
  2. Enter Search criteria and click Retrieve Questions.
  3. Select the desired Questions items and click Batch Edit.


    As Project Manager, you do not have to move Questions items back to the Review state if you are the one who is going to make the changes. You can make changes using the Question Bank page regardless of the state of the Questionitem, with the exception of Locked Questions items, which must first be Cloned.

Edit multiple


items at a time

  1. Search for Questionsitems.


    For details, refer to Searching Questions Search for Items.

  2. Select the Questions items you want to Examine.
  3. Click Batch Edit. The Batch Edit page appears.

    The Batch Edit page has the following features:


    Changes you can make

    Blueprint ID

    Select the Blueprint ID from a drop-down list to be applied to the selected Questionsitems.


    Add References to the selected Questionsitems.

    Shuffle Response

    Enable (Yes) or disable (No) shuffle response for the selected questionsitems. If Not Set is selected, shuffle response is disabled.


    Change the state of the selected Questionsitems.

    Part of Collection

    Make the selected Questions items part of an existing Collection selected via a drop-down.

    Find and replace question text

    Change the Question item text by using Find and replace Question text feature for all of the selected Questionsitems.

    Insert the text to be replaced in Text to replace field, and insert the text to replace with in Text replace with field.


    You can apply a Language of to all the selected Questions items by selecting this checkboxcheck box. A drop-down appears listing all the Languages from the current Item Bank for you to choose one.

    Exhibits - Add

    You can assign either Split Screen or Popup Exhibits to the selected items. Enter the exhibit number into the Add Item text box. Click the name of the exhibit that is displayed. Click the Add Item button. The exhibit is added to the list below the Add Item text box.

    Exhibits - Remove

    You can remove stand-alone exhibits from questions using the Exhibits - Remove batch edit option.

    Enter the exhibit number in the Add Item field. Click the name of the exhibit that is displayed. The exhibit is added to the list below the Add Item text box.

    Exhibit configuration

    You can batch edit just the split screen exhibit configuration of items, without having to add exhibits. Value settings are enabled when the Change check box is selected for the Setting.

    If any of the values are changing on the selected items, a new revision for the question item is created. If none of the values are changing on the selected items, a new revision is not created.

    Randomize Options

    You can randomize the order of the answer options for the selected questionsitems.

    Add Calculator

    You can add a calculator to the selected items.

    Note: If you add a calculator to an item, you must add the calculator to the Exam Level or you will receive a QTI Compilation error. See PearsonvueApplication (Calculator) topic for details on adding calculators to the exam level.

    Minimum Response

    You can set the minimum number of correct response options a candidate can select for an MCQ, Multiple Correct Options question item.

    See the Advanced Configuration Properties topic for details.

    Maximum Response

    You can set the maximum number of correct response options a candidate can select for an MCQ, Multiple Correct Options question item.

    See the Advanced Configuration Properties  topic for details.

    Blocktext Metadata

    As of the 1809 release, the Rich Text Editor for Blocktext Metadata was updated.

    See sections Rich Text Editor Functions and Insert and Format Tables for details on working with the Rich Text Editor.

    Clone Questions

    Clones the selected Questionsitems. Please note that the original Question item and its clone become Enemies. The Enemies of the original Question item also become the Enemies of the cloned Questionitem.

    A confirmation pop-up window appears with check boxes for StatisticsBlueprint, or Metadata, which must be selected in order to transfer information related to these parameters from the original Questionitem to the cloned Question item.

    When you opt to de-select the Statistics check box, and the Question item has statistics associated with it via External ID, the statistics are not transferred to the cloned Questionitem, but the External ID is transferred to the cloned Questionitem. In the previous versions of ExamDeveloper, the statistics were transferred to the cloned Question item regardless of the state of the Statistics check box.
    You can opt via radio button to make the original Question Obsolete, so that only the cloned Question is active. You can select the second radio button to keep the original Question active item active so that there are two active versions of the same Question item in the Item Bank.

    If the Question item being cloned is part of a Draft Exam Form/Section, a warning message is displayed mentioning the name of the Draft Exam Form/Section. This message is not displayed if the Question item is part of a published Exam Form/Section.


    Questions Items in an Obsolete state can only be cloned with batch edits. No other actions under batch edits are permissible.

    For Questions items that belong to a Case, the cloned Question item is not part of the original Case.

    Copy statistics from last versionClicking this link will copy copies the statistics from the last version of the Question item containing statistics, to the current version.
    Add Comment

    Click the Add Comment button to add a comment for the Batch edit.

  4. Select the property you want to edit. As you select a property, the editable fields for the property is displayed in the lower half of the page. You may only select one property at a time and make edits.
  5. Edit the properties as required.
  6. Click Preview Edits.
  7. Batch Edit page is displayed notifying the user about the number of Questions items affected and the criteria to be modified.
  8. If you wish to edit more properties for the same selected set of Questionsitems, click Re-Edit instead of Save. Once you have made the necessary edits, you can click Preview Edits to return to the page as in step 7 to finalize the batch edits.
  9. Click Save to save the changes for the Questions items selected from the Project Bank page.
  10. Click Search for more Questions to navigate back to the Question Bank page to search for more Questions items to be batch edited with the same changes.



During Batch Edit, when you try to save a group of Questions items and if at least one of these Questions item versions has Statistics tied to it, you will be are prompted with radio button choices for Retain Statistics or Do not retain Statistics, user is required to have permission to modify the Questionitem.

  • Retain Statistics: the Statistics of the
  • item prior to modifications are inherited by the modified
  • item.
  • Do not retain Statistics: the Statistics field of the modified
  • item becomes blank.

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The radio buttons to confirm whether or not to retain statistics while trying to save Questions items with statistics after batch editing, is not shown if the Show 'Retain Statistics' pop-up warning for modified items check box on the Project tab of the Projectproject's configuration page is not selected. This check box is enabled by default, and therefore the radio buttons also appear by default.


If you try and Batch Edit Case Exhibits and Case Questions items and try and change the language, you will get varying results.

  • You can change the Language of a Case Exhibit if it has no questions attached to it, and if there is no question item in the same translation group with the language already in existence.
  • You are unable to change the Language for a Case Exhibit that has questions items on it or Questions on a Case. If you need to change the language of the Case Exhibit or Questions items on a Case, you must remove the Questions items from the case and then change the Language of the Case Exhibit and the Questionsitems.